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A guide for adults with type 1 diabetes

Managing Type 1 Diabetes with Technology

Since the early days of the first commercially available animal-derived insulin in 1921, research progress has made vast improvements to the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. From urine testing for blood glucose levels to tiny smartphone-compatible blood glucose meters, from large boiled steel needles to insulin pumps and insulin pens, technological advances have made life with type 1 diabetes much more manageable, though no one would call it easy!

Insulin Delivery

There are many ways of delivering insulin into your body. Some people choose to use needles, other use insulin pens, and others use insulin pumps. 

Insulin pumps are small computerised devises that deliver a slow continuous level of insulin throughout the day and night through a cannula under the skin. You can also program it to deliver insulin when you have a meal, and can be programmed to deliver more or less when required. 

Insulin pumps are covered by some private health insurers under Hospital Cover. Buying an insulin pump outright can cost up to $9000. Consumables for the pump are subsidised by the NDSS.

Glucose Monitoring

There are many different blood glucose meters on the market – some are simple, others measure your ketone levels as well, and yet others can connect to your smartphone. 

Continuous Glucose Meters (CGM) are similar to insulin pumps in that they are connected under the skin. A CGM monitors your blood glucose levels consistently and transmits the data to a separate device. It does not replace the need for finger prick tests, as these are still required in order to calibrate a CGM.

There is currently no reimbursement for a CGM. It costs around $1250 to purchase, and a week’s worth of consumables costs around $75.

Learn more about diabetes technology

If you are interested in connecting with someone who has lived experience of type 1 diabetes and asking them practical questions about their experience of managing type 1 diabetes with technology like an insulin pump or CGM, please contact the JDRF support page and submit a request.

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